Dinner at Grand Bar and Bistro, Perth CBD

Grand Bar and Bistro

Grand Bar and BistroI was recently invited for a meal the Grand Bar & Bistro in the heart of the Perth CBD, and went with my foodie-friend Linda for a Friday-night dinner before the Robbie Williams concert at Perth Arena a few weeks ago. The Grand is centrally located and very easy to find, on St George’s Terrace at the entrance to Central Park.

Disclaimer: the food and drink described here was provided with compliments of the Grand’s management.

Grand Bar and Bistro

Spread over three levels, the Grand has a variety of different areas which can be used for weddings and other functions – the whole venue can hold up to 400 people. Downstairs at the Grand is the bar, which was very busy when we arrived just after 6pm – no surprise for a Friday night. This photo was taken as we were leaving, just before 8pm.

The restaurant area is upstairs and was a nice, intimate setting for dinner. Lunch is also served at the Grand during the week, and a bar menu is available on Monday to Saturday. Check out the menus here.

Grand Bar and BistroWe were given the opportunity to order anything from the menu – a dangerous thing to offer to food bloggers – but luckily for them neither of us are big drinkers and we both tried a glass of this sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve long been a fan of Malborough Sound Sauvignon Blanc – Saint Clair in particular – and this was a really interesting drink, fruity but not too sweet.

The level of service was  excellent throughout the entire meal – which you could argue was to be expected in our case – however I noticed other tables receiving a similar amount of attention. I was impressed by the staff’s willingness to make recommendations, and it’s worth noting that the restaurant was fully booked when we arrived and walk-in customers were being turned away.

Grand Bar and BistroHere’s the entree menu. As you can see there’s a good selection of dishes here, and prices are reasonable.

Grand Bar and Bistro

Linda chose the grilled haloumi with “EVOO and lime cheek” ($12.50), which was simple but of good quality (very important with haloumi!) In hindsight, $12.50 seems a little expensive for what is effectively two pieces of cheese.

Grand Bar and BistroI decided on some simple buffalo chorizo ($11), which was a generous portion and again of good quality. The restaurant manager voiced his surprise that I didn’t order the pork belly, although I didn’t go there because I’m not a fan of scallops.

059The garlic bread ($7.50) was light, crisp and not too strong, and went well with both of our entrees. A good start to the meal.

Grand Bar and BistroSo onto mains – once again, covering most bases (including plenty of gluten free and some dairy free options). There should be something here for just about everyone, and very reasonable at $25-$30 in most cases.

068Linda chose the Cone Bay grilled barramundi with chive mashed potato, wilted rocket and lemon butter ($31). The fish was very well cooked, the potato well seasoned, and the butter nicely flavoured without overpowering the rest of the dish. Linda found this to be a very enjoyable dish.

Grand Bar and Bistro

I was tempted by the pork cutlet but settled on the beef cheek ravioli with leek and parmesan cream sauce ($24.90), which again was a dish featuring good quality ingredients cooked well. The pasta was soft but still had texture, and the sauce had enough flavour to add substance without overpowering the subtle leek and soft beef cheek. A really nice pasta dish.

Grand Bar and BistroWe were pushed for time after our mains so asked for recommendations on the quickest desserts. Linda chose the creme brulee – the custard was smooth and creamy, however the sugar crust was thin and there wasn’t the all-important “crack” you expect when spoon hits caramel.

Grand Bar and Bistro

I chose the rather imposing (and hard to photograph in the dark) coffee mousse, which came served in a cute fashion with two little ice cream cones – a great touch, and made what could have been a fairly one-note dish much more interesting. The mousse was well flavoured, although I found it rather heavy, especially as the end of a substantial meal.

Grand Bar and Bistro

We both enjoyed our meal at the Grand Bar & Bistro – the setting was comfortable, service was friendly & attentive and the food was excellent. It’s a shame we weren’t able to stay for longer (and eat more!) as I would like to have tried some of the other dishes, especially from the entree menu. I wouldn’t describe the menu as adventurous, but that’s not really the point – this is the kind of place where there’s something for everyone, at prices no-one should complain about (if they do, you’re dining with the wrong people).

The Grand Bar & Bistro would make a great choice for either a quiet dinner for two or a get-together with a group of friends, especially if you’re looking to eat in the Perth CBD. Recommended.

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Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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